Monopoly Ditches Community Chest Cards For First Time In Over 85 Years After ‘Tumultuous’ 2020

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Monopoly is ditching their current Community Chest Cards for the first time in more than 85 years to better reflect the needs of the 21st century after “tumultuous” 2020.

“Covering topics like beauty contests, holiday funds, and life insurance, there is no denying the Monopoly game’s Community Chest Cards are long overdue for a refresh,” Hasbro said in a press release. “And, coming out of the tumultuous year of 2020, the term ‘community’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Hasbro is counting on their fans to help reflect what community means in their real lives, into the Monopoly game, by voting for new cards like ‘Shop Local,’ ‘Rescue A Puppy,” or ‘Help Your Neighbors’.”

Currently, Community Chest Cards are the following: (RELATED: New Monopoly Game Gives Women More Money Than Men)

  • Get Out of Jail Free
  • Go To Jail
  • Advance to ‘Go’
  • Bank error in your favor. Collect $200
  • Doctor’s fees. Pay $50
  • Grand Opera Night. Collect $50 from every player for opening night seats
  • Holiday Fund Matures. Collect $100
  • Income tax refund. Collect $20
  • It is your birthday. Collect $10 from every player
  • Life insurance matters. Collect $100
  • Hospital Fees. Pay $50
  • School Fees. Pay $50
  • Receive $25 consultancy fee
  • You are assessed for street repairs. Pay $40 per house and $115 per hotel you own
  • You have won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect $10
  • You inherit $100

Hasbro has decided to swap out these terms for cards that focus more on community service and helping others. The company is hosting the Community Chest Challenge which asks Hasbro fans to vote on 16 new cards. Among options for the new deck include:

  • You organize a bake sale for your local school. Collect $25
  • Meow! You knit cozy sweaters for the hairless cats at your local animal shelter. Collect $20
  • You help your neighbors clean up their yards after a big storm. Collect $200
  • You donate your birthday money to a community center. Keep a little for yourself. Collect $10
  • You rescue a puppy–and you feel rescued, too! GET OUT OF JAIL FREE
  • You didn’t shop local! Pay $50
  • You volunteer at your local literacy center and learn some fun phrases in a new language. Collect $100
  • You shopped local ALL week! ADVANCE TO GO. Collect $200

Other proposed cards would penalize players that keep a lost wallet or don’t recycle garbage.

Chief consumer Officer at Hasbro, Eric Nyman, said the world has changed and Monopoly needs to change with it.

“The world has changed a lot since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, and clearly today community is more important than ever. We felt like 2021 was the perfect time to give fans the opportunity to show the world what community means to them through voting on new Community Chest Cards. We’re really excited to see what new cards get voted in!” Nyman said.

The new Monopoly game with updated cards will be released in the Fall, according to Hasbro.